In the United Kingdom’s largest open-air gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Henry Moores were arranged so the viewer could only see one at a time wherever they stood in the landscape. Michael Craig-Martin’s powder-coated, pop art pieces are larger and more colourful yet here there are displayed indoors in a London Gallery for the first time and they are in your face as they could be.Continue reading Michael Craig-Martin – Gagosian London
There is plenty of art to see for free. I support emerging and established artists with only positive reviews of their exhibitions on opening nights.
Cy Twombly’s work is notoriously hard to decipher. He was a gestural expressionist, enabling mark-making tools and primary pigments to reveal their characters with his freehand strokes.Continue reading Cy Twombly – Natural History
London’s October Gallery was founded by John Allen in 1979 in a disused Victorian school building. Allen recognised an emerging group of artists exploring the trans-cultural avantgarde and named the movement Transvangarde. Since then almost 500 global visual artists from 85 countries have exhibited.Continue reading October Gallery – Dream No Small Dream
Frank Sidebottom was in touch with his fans. I used to write to him and he used to write back too. If you sent him a stamped addressed envelope, he would send you a fanzine (or Com as he called it) absolutely free. This is a documentary about his creator and alter ego, Chris Sievey, created largely from around 100 boxes of archive material donated by his brother.Continue reading Being Frank – Private Screening
Taking your first step into the muddy catacombs of The Crypt feels like travelling back further than the turmoil of the Brexit Vote in June 2016. The location and vibe evokes well trodden war tunnels of WW2 and finding a family in bunk beds around any corner would be no surprise.
Less Nothern than Lowry, and far more intimate, Dominic Dispirito’s works to date have predominantly also been inspired by the so-called working class. This latest show is no exception, yet where the Pie n’ Mash of the title is a simple food, this art is far from basic.Continue reading Dominic Dispirito – Pie n’ Mash
At first glance, Anna-Bella Papp’s latest installation at Modern Art could be an architectural display in the local town hall. Her delicate use of clay is almost dental in its approach. A booklet accompanying the exhibit explains that Papp discovered she is to inherit some land in her Romanian home town and she takes us on a walk describing what she could do with it.Continue reading Plans for an Unused Land
Pop Art meets Fluxus in this neat little Fitzrovia exhibition that expands the concepts of sculpture. Two pieces are on plinths, yet sculptures they are not. Harm van den Dorpel has transformed the ubiquitous paperbag into absent dioramas by using Henry Moore-esque curves and shapes as negative spaces.Continue reading Notes on Objects
The one thing everyone understands about painting is that it is a pigment applied on top of a surface. In I Turn Chilli Red, Madrid-based artist Belén Rodríguez challenges even this most basic appreciation.Continue reading Belén Rodríguez – I turn Chilli Red
If you asked members of the public to list acceptable art mediums in reverse order of importance, textiles would probably be somewhere near the bottom only just above Chris Ofili’s use of elephant shit. Subversive Stitch at TJ Boulting proves otherwise. Here, carpet sculptures and embroidery hang with all the grace and importance of anything adorning the walls of Tate Modern.Continue reading Subversive Stitch – TJ Boulting